St Lawrence's Church, Sedgebrook
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Sedgebrook is a village and parish in the Kesteven part of Lincolnshire, adjacent to the border with Leicestershire. It lies on the A52 road, six miles west of Grantham. Its population was about 375, reducing at the 2011 census to 355.
Sedgebrook is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Sechebroc in the wapentake of Winnibriggs. Robert Malet and three mills were noted. Sechebroc means "Brook where sedge grows", from OE secg "sedge" and brôc "a brook"
The parish church of St Lawrence is a largely 15th-century building, with an early 13th-century north arcade and a 14th-century chancel arch. A pamphlet history of the church was published in 1980 and republished in 1990. The church is the only Grade I listed building in the village. Sedgebrook Manor House is Grade II* listed. There are three other houses and two architectural features listed as Grade II.
The Grantham Canal passes a mile and a half south-west of the village. It opened in 1797 but closed in 1936. A voluntary society formed in 1969 has restored parts of the canal for recreational use. The towpaths form a long-distance walk, as does the Viking Way, passing about half a mile to the west of the village, known here as Sewstern Lane.
The wartime RAF Bottesford airfield lies three miles north-west of the village.
Sedgebrook Manor House
The village lies in the north of the Vale of Belvoir, beside Foston Beck, a tributary of the River Witham. Adjacent villages are Barrowby, two miles south-east; Muston, 1¾ miles west; Bottesford, 3¼ miles west-north-west; and Allington, a mile and a half north. The village is overlooked by Belvoir Castle, 3½ miles to the south-west.
The A52 trunk road between Grantham and Nottingham bypasses the village; the stretch of the A52 from Bottesford to Barrowby is an accident blackspot. The nearest junction on the A1(M) motorway between Grantham and Newark is at Foston, three miles to the north.
The Nottingham to Grantham railway line passes close to the village, and crosses Allington Road. Sedgebrook railway station closed in 1956. The nearest station today is at Bottesford, 3½ miles away, which has services to Nottingham, Grantham and Skegness.
Sedgebrook had its own primary school up until 1981, when the building was closed and the school amalgamated with that of Allington.
Sedgebrook also had at one time a grammar school. This was erected in 1882, and in 1908 there were 75 boys attending. By 1913 it was a secondary school for the surrounding area. It was absorbed into The King's School, Grantham, probably in 1919.
- Saxonwell Parish Website
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11128293&c=Sedgebrook&d=16&e=62&g=6447619&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1464529442844&enc=1. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
- Domesday Book Online
- Open Domesday: Sedgebrook
- Dated Placenames from Lincolnshire: S-Z
- Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- St Lawrence Church, Sedgebrook. A Short History.
- Links to descriptions of listed buildings. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- Grantham Canal website: Retrieved 8 October 2010.
- British History Online
- Village History - Sedgebrook, a village and its people
- Travel East Midlands Bus 1G
- Travel East Midlands Bus 6/X6
- History of Allington with Sedgebrook Church of England Primary School
- Sedgebrook Village website
- GENUKI: Sedgebrook, LIN
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